The Sandman is not at risk of being canceled by Netflix, according to showrunner Neil Gaiman. In the popular comic book adaptation, Dream (Tom Sturridge) is desperately trying to get better after being imprisoned for years, during which his own personal realm disintegrates. The Sandman was an immediate success, and in November 2022, it was renewed for a second season. Even though The Sandman is a huge Netflix hit, its future is uncertain because many other shows have been approved but abruptly canceled.
One Tumblr user questioned the creator on the safety of the comic book show, using the example of Inside Job, whose season renewal was reverted and ended up being canceled. Gaiman did respond on Tumblr after Netflix renewed The Sandman, assuring fans that there won’t be any significant cuts to the Netflix original series. Gaiman’s response, which makes a point while using exaggerated circumstances, is sufficient to reassure that the production will be secure. Gaiman’s complete response is provided below:
“Define “safe.” Netflix could go out of business before more Sandman launches. A new, nightmarish pestilence could close the world down completely. The actors could all be eaten by weasels and the show would be shuttered. But if there’s a Netflix and nothing unforeseen and tragic happens to close the world or the show down, then there will be more Sandman.”
What’s Going On With Netflix?
Because of its challenging production, The Sandman’s lengthy production required a broad scope, a sizable VFX budget, and numerous attempts to nail down a format. The Sandman had to find a distribution company with patience because its production schedule started decades ago, especially if it intended to add more episodes. Unfortunately, it came out at a time when shows are being canceled randomly by the streaming industry. Many HBO Max shows were terminated following the Warner Bros. and Discovery merger, and AMC and Netflix haven’t been far behind. Netflix terminated Inside Job and 1899 in the first two weeks of 2023, despite the latter’s season 2 renewal.
There were growing fears of a possible cancellation of the pricey The Sandman, which required three months and a fan-driven campaign to secure a renewal. Netflix has come under fire for the cancellations of its shows; few make it to four seasons and the majority are canceled after two or three seasons. The majority of these shows were doomed to fail unless they attracted ratings as astounding as Wednesday, Stranger Things, or even The Sandman. The Sandman’s current situation is unsettling because its business model depends on enormous successes, and any failure on its part could have disastrous consequences.
Information On The Upcoming Episodes Of The Sandman
The Season of Mists, a comic book plot in which Lucifer releases every soul from Hell, will be the focus of the new episodes of The Sandman. The show will have plenty of opportunities to examine Dream’s relationship with his siblings & introduce new characters as he works to end the unrest on Earth. Although the number of The Sandman episodes that will result from this renewal is not yet known, Gaiman is actively involved and regularly updates his fans on the progress of the show’s script. Gaiman’s involvement means that the show will probably stick close to its source material, which implies that the fresh The Sandman episodes will be extremely expansive.
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